How to Apply
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Applying to SUNY Erie is free and easy!
Start the application process by creating an account. Once you have created an account, the next step is to start an application. If you are unable to complete your application online, visit one of our on-campus Admissions Offices. Our staff are on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process. Computers are also available for use.
If you are planning to take one or two courses without applying to a degree or certificate program, you should complete the Non-matriculated, Part-time Admissions Application.
Special Applicant Pools
Some students may fall into a category where the application process differs slightly from the normal path, depending on your situation. These student pools include:
• Academically Dismissed and Academic Forgiveness
• EAL - English as an Additional Language
• Pathways to Success (College Preparatory Program)
• Global Education and International Student Services
• International Students
• Transfer Students
Learn the requirements for these programs.
You must provide proof of high school graduation to complete your application.
Please submit one of the following:
An official high school transcript depicting your date of graduation.
A high school equivalency diploma (TASC or GED™)
If you have been homeschooled, a letter from the superintendent of your school district is required to prove that your coursework is equivalent to the district standards.
A previously earned Associate degree or higher
Your college transcript can used in place of a high school transcript/equivalency.
All supporting documents noted above can be hand delivered or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Transcripts can also be faxed to (716) 270-2961.
Did you know that more than 70 percent of SUNY Erie’s students receive financial aid?
You can begin the process of applying for financial aid by completing a FAFSA. Applying early increases your chances of receiving aid. We also offer many scholarship opportunities through the SUNY Erie Foundation.
A complete breakdown of costs associated with attendance can be found on our Tuition & Fees page.
SUNY Erie is now placing students based on their previous academic achievements. This includes high school transcripts, and TASC/GED exam scores. Please submit your transcripts during your Admissions application process.
View the Course Placement Chart.
Who Requires a Placement Test?
- EAL students (if English is not your first language the HS GPA waiver does not apply for the English placement)
- Students who have not been waived from the placement test based on their previous academic achievements or
- Students who want to challenge their current placement based on their HS GPA or TASC/GED exam scores.
In-person testing is limited and by appointment only due to social distancing within the testing labs. Complete the Testing Appointment Request and a Testing Services staff member will contact you to schedule your placement test at your preferred campus. Or, call 716-270-5124 to speak with a Testing Services staff member.
Visit our Testing page for specific information on placement testing.
All new and transfer students or noncontinuous students (been away two semesters or more) enrolled in an academic program must attend Orientation.
At Orientation, you will meet with faculty advisors and support staff who will ensure you clearly understand all expectations and requirements related to being a student, as well as outline all available campus resources and support services to aide in your academic success.
Students are assigned to Orientation based on the date of admission to an academic program and division. Additionally, to be eligible to register for Orientation, you must be waived from or have completed the Accuplacer placement test. You will receive an invitation to register for Orientation once all admissions and testing requirements are met.
To begin orientation, advisement and registration, you must first register for an orientation session. Participation in all aspects - orientation, advisement, and registration - is required to receive a course schedule.
To access the New Student Orientation:
1. Visit Blackboard.
2. Click on 'Local Credentials'
3. Enter 'orientation' as username.
4. Enter 'ECC' as password.
5. Click 'Sign In' click on 'My Courses'
6. Click on 'New Student Orientation'
The entire presentation will last approximately twenty-five (25) minutes. After you have completed the presentation, you are required to complete a Knowledge Assessment to receive credit for attending New Student Orientation.
You can pay your bill either by mail or in person at Student Account Services on any campus. SUNY Erie also offers the convenience of a Tuition Installment Plan to students who need to stretch out payments over a period of time. To explore other payment options, visit Financial Aid.
Individuals living outside of Erie County should plan to complete the Out-of-County Form. This allows the college to charge your county for residency fees. It is the responsibility of the student to submit this form yearly.